Chicago morphing into Detroit. Illinois circling the drain. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, where teachers aren’t unionized and cannot go on strike:
This parent group has absolutely no problem with six figure teacher salaries and, yes, that means we’d absolutely pay more, up here, than what an average NC teacher makes (especially to the younger ones).
What we take issue with, however, are Illinois educators having the ability to go on strike (so much for the children); having tenure (non-existent in the private sector); and garnering pension benefits far in excess of what the private sector typically receives, so much so that current educational needs have become severely impacted. Oh, and have we mentioned how real estate and state income taxes have skyrocketed in the past few years?
Again, pay worthy educators north of $100,000 or $125,000 – give them generous 401-ks as well; just don’t cripple future generations with promises no one can possibly keep!